Karura, a leading manufacturer of hard cases for guitars, violins, and banjo offers basalt fiber reinforced cases shells, and also well-known Gary Price has basalt plastic cases in its range.
Karura cases show unsurpassed impact strength for musical instruments so that professional musicians can rely on them to protect their guitars from damage, especially during their tours.
Traditionally, Karura cases are produced from carbon composite. Currently, the company offers hybrid products reinforced with carbon/basalt fiber. They replaced some carbon fiber content with basalt fiber causing cost saving without quality loss.
Karura takes a responsible approach to its products: each case design has passed the extreme test program to ensure that the instrument is protected from moisture, temperature extremes, dust and damage.
A testing laboratory certifies the product is able to withstand over 1000 kg (2200 lbs) of compression and can be dropped from a height two meters from 16 different orientations onto a concrete floor without any damage to the instrument inside.
Carbon fiber composite cases weigh about 5 kg, but hybrid with basalt fiber ones weigh slightly more. However, both designs weigh approximately 40% less than popular fiberglass cases and match all the properties specified for this company’s cases.
Another famous manufacturer of cases for guitars, mandolins, and banjos, Gary Price, offers the possibility to produce virtually any case from basalt fiber.
They are made under the Vulcan brand name, cost almost $50 more than conventional glass fiber construction but weigh less instead. This aspect is very important for travellers who check in luggage. Gary Price cases are popular with musicians as reliable and aesthetic solution for musical instruments storage.